“Creative adaptability is the key to successful conservation of skills.”
CARMEN BUSQUETS | Co-Founder
The rationale for the launch of CoutureLab Coalition is a natural progression of the professional journey of Carmen Busquets that encompasses all her interests from business entrepreneur, to philanthropist and WWF council member all the way back to her start in Latin America, forming a coalition of people and businesses interested in linking to each other and supporting each other.
Following a successful sustainability-focused summit in Costa Rica, which Carmen Busquets and Livia Firth co-created and which had the support of Gisele Bundchen, Paul Hawken and Nina Garcia, in addition to the Costa Rican government, we have formed a new coalition from a number of the entrepreneurs and humanitarians who attended.
On the last day of the event, we held a roundtable led by WWF council member Carmen Busquets and Livia Firth of Eco-Age, to discuss a new exciting project, which we will announce in September, and we hope you will all be part of.
During the roundtable, we also discussed how we can help the people of Guatemala recover from the recent destruction caused by the volcano which has left more than 110 dead, 197 missing, 57 injured, and 1.7 million people affected by the ashes, with 12,823 displaced, of which 3,652 are in shelters. Our immediate volcano relief assistance plan will be framed on a broader strategy to support sustainable development initiatives in Latin America.
The roundtable was attended by designer and humanitarian Donna Karan, OSKLEN founder and UNESCO goodwill ambassador Oskar Metsavaht, journalist and sustainability writer Lucy Siegle, non-profit leaders Celina de Sola of Glasswing International and Marianne Hernandez of PACUNAM, Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, as well as a number of key ethical designers and entrepreneurs, and journalists with an interest in merging the arts with humanitarian causes.